Cherokee real estate developer's body found inside abandoned home

ATLANTA — Police are searching for whoever shot a Cherokee County real estate developer to death inside an abandoned northwest Atlanta home.

Atlanta police found the body of David Abbasi, 32, inside 1045 Longley Avenue Friday afternoon after they responded to a shots fired call.  They said Abbasi died from two gunshot wounds.

Detectives are still investigating the homicide but did say they believe Abbasi was at the house because he was interested in buying it.

“It’s a little unreal,” neighbor Jacob Hunt told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot.

Hunt lives next door to the abandoned house.

“Nothing like this has happened in this neighborhood as long as I’ve been living here.  I’ve been here six years,” Hunt said.

No one answered the door at Abbasi’s Cherokee County home Monday when Elliot stopped by, but one neighbor told Elliot that Abbasi was a great guy and had “the quintessential American family.”


Neighbors said they’ve worried about the old house ever since renovators walked away from the project months ago.

They said the house has been left unsecured, and they worried vagrants could have been inside.

“It was in disrepair, and a lot of neighbors complained to code enforcement trying to get them to either demolish the house or properly board it up,” neighbor Kathleen O’Loughlin said.